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Pectinophora gossypiella

Scientific Name Of The Pest

Common Name Of The Pest

Pink bollworm

Host Crops:



Pest Identification:

  • Adult is a small moth having wingspan of 10-15 mm, dark brown, with irregular black markings on the fore wing.

  • Hind wing silvery gray with no distinct markings.

  • Both wings are elongated, fringed with long hairs posteriorly and the tip of hind wing is sharply pointed.  


  • In the younger crop larvae bore into tender squares and feed within resulting into drying of the terminal shoots.

  • Later flower buds and bolls are attacked. Infested flower buds fail to open up completely due to webbing by the larva, giving the appearance of a typical rosette bloom.

  • Larvae damage the bolls by tunneling into them, destroying the pulp and lint.

  • Infested bolls open prematurely permitting fungal infection. 

Control Measures:

  • APS Funnel trap with APS PEC-T Lure at 5-8nos per acre for monitoring.

​Pheromone Lure Details

  • Dispenser : Septa

  • Material : Silicon Rubber

  • Packaging : Individually Sachet Packed

  • Sachet Material : Foil Lined Laminate

  • Field Life Of Pheromone lure : 45 days


Recommended Traps:

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  • Cost effective

  • Easy & Simple to install

  • Non-toxic and safe for environment

  • Does not harm beneficial insects

  • Scientific & Safe

  • Confirms organic input standards

  • Pheromones are species specific and attract only target pest

  • Can be used all season long

  • Withstands sunlight & rain

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